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March 8, 2015 Updates

Bledsoe said he had no issue with the Dragic-Thomas combination. It seems that there was little dissension among the three players but there was unhappiness about the situation as a whole. “It was challenging for sure, but everybody had a great vibe about the situation going into the season,” Bledsoe said. “We knew it was going to be tough sharing the ball with one another but I thought we did a great job. We were above .500. It wasn’t like we were losing. “I’m really not going to get into all [of Dragic’s comments] but I loved playing with him, that’s for sure.” Boston Globe

March 2, 2015 Updates

NBA superstar Eric Bledsoe gave himself a "Treat Yo'self" moment after signing his $70 million contract with the PHX Suns ... dropping thousands of dollars on gold and diamond grillz! TMZ Sports has learned the 25-year-old point guard recently hit up Thizzelles Grillz -- a high-end grill maker in NYC -- and dropped $5,000 on two sick pieces ... one for himself, one for his brother. TMZ.com

February 28, 2015 Updates

Today's player pool somewhat thin at the top, but several mid-to-upper-tier assets are worth the Saturday start. Eric Bledsoe ($7,100 salary; 14.2% of cap) is coming off a 65.3-fantasy-point domination of Oklahoma City, and he scored at least 37 on FantasyScore in each of the three games before that. He's hottest guard option in the pool. Conversely, Kyle Lowry ($8,000; 16.0%) is coming off a miserable 5.5-point showing and has touched 30 fantasy points just three times in 10 games. He faces a good matchup against the New York Knicks, but he's clearly struggling. HoopsHype

February 20, 2015 Updates

He called Knight "the best player in the trade coming or going" and ,of criticism that the Suns traded their best player, McDonough said, "My response would be that Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris still are in Phoenix Suns uniforms." Knight, McDonough said, has excellent character and "has excelled in everything he has done his entire life." "He's one of the top 3-point shooters in the league," McDonough said. "He's a big-game player. He's a late-game player. He's a game closer." USA Today Sports

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December 20, 2014 Updates

Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday. It was the seventh straight home loss for the Knicks, who haven't won at MSG since beating Philadelphia on Nov. 22. New York has lost four straight overall and is 5-24. "I can just see it out there on the court, that we don't believe in ourselves to be able to go down the stretch and win basketball games," Carmelo Anthony said. USA Today Sports

The Phoenix Suns, who visited the lowly Knicks on Saturday, are in a bit of a quagmire with free agent-to-be Goran Dragic, rival executives say. Multiple teams already are inquiring as to what it would take to break up the Suns' three-headed guard rotation of Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas -- with Dragic, a prospective free agent, garnering the most attention. Coincidentally, executives have gotten the impression that Dragic is the one Phoenix would most like to keep if they do, indeed, decide to make a move. CBSSports.com

December 15, 2014 Updates

Phoenix has committed $70 million over five years to Bledsoe and $27 million over four years to Thomas. Bledsoe and Thomas will earn a combined $20.5 million next season. Dragic, an All-NBA third-team selection, could command $15 million a year or more on the open market in July. Would the Suns pay three point guards a combined $35 million, more than half of the projected cap? Would they let Dragic walk away for nothing? The answer to both questions is "probably not," which is why team executives across the league expect the Suns to trade one of the three. Some interviewed for this story said Thomas was the most likely candidate. "I do think that they're going to look at it, [but] only if it makes them better," said another Western Conference executive. Bleacher Report

December 10, 2014 Updates

More than one source around the league independently suggested the Bucks weren't the highest bidder for Dudley and the pick, but that the Clippers felt they were under the gun to act. In retrospect, the Eric Bledsoe deal -- orchestrated on the Clippers' side by a combination of Roeser and Rivers with a sign-off from Sterling -- amounts to Bledsoe, a No. 1 pick and Caron Butler for J.J. Redick (who could have been available for the mid-level), two guys waived under the stretch provision and a second-round pick that was originally theirs. There's also the familiar refrain that Rivers' taste in reserves is uninspired, and his filling-out of the Clippers' roster has displayed none of the flair of the Spurs' work on the margins. San Antonio might be an unreasonable measuring stick, but if Rivers says the Spurs are the standard, then they're the standard. ESPN.com

November 26, 2014 Updates

Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek has used the three of them together when he's wanted to push the pace. Offensively, that's a lot to handle. The strategy has obvious defensive drawbacks, though, especially when the opponent has a post-up threat on the wing. Finding the proper balance has been tricky. “They're all used to having the ball in their hands quite a bit, and they're still trying to figure it out,” Hornacek said. “And so are we [the coaching staff]. It's not just those three guys — we have Gerald Green at the guard position also. And everyone goes, ‘Ehh, we can just slide him over to the 3 spot,' but then we have P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris.” CBSSports.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

This context might explain the combative opening to Friday's Suns-Sixers game. On Phoenix's first possession of the game, Bledsoe drove to the hoop after receiving a pass in transition. He was fouled hard by Nerlens Noel at the rim and fell to the floor. Bledsoe took offense and got in Noel's face, although things didn't escalate beyond a yelling match. Yahoo! Sports

November 22, 2014 Updates

"I have a lot of respect for NBA players," Bledsoe said. "I was joking around. Obviously I went to Kentucky and then they played good." Bledsoe told reporters after the game he was informed prior to tip off that the tough treatment was coming, according to the Associated Press. Noel received his flagrant foul 1 just 30 seconds into the game when he slapped down hard on Bledsoe as he defended a driving attempt in the paint. Noel's swinging left hand appeared to make significant contact with Bledsoe's arms, and Bledsoe went crashing to the court. The flagrant foul 1 designation applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary" and it does not require an immediate ejection. Sports Illustrated

November 21, 2014 Updates

You got the contract you wanted. But was this the situation you wanted, in Phoenix? Eric Bledsoe: "I was glad to stay here. We had a great time last year. We were winning games. I felt great about this team and the organization. I was grateful and happy to be here. They signed some guys, but I never worried about that." SI.com: Would you have signed that qualifying offer? Eric Bledsoe: "I already signed it. I just didn’t send it." Sports Illustrated

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